Curricular Unit:Code:
International Public Law777DIPU
3UndergraduatePolitical Science and International Relations6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
1. To develop the ability to analyse the evolution of legal aspects of the international society;
2. To turn directly applicable Public International Law through a debate over its main aspects and by the regular use and analysis of case studies.
1. Basic tools of international law (3 ECTS)
1.1. Principles and Sources of International Law
International conventions; International customs; general principles of law; judicial decisions and teachings; other sources.
1.2. Development of International Law
Historical aspects; Actors of International Law: states; International organizations; other actors; Sea Law.
2. Contrasts of international law (3 ECTS)
2.1. Protection of individuals v. State interests
Immunities and the limits of state jurisdiction; International disputes.
2.2. Main Instruments of Human Rights
The universal system of human rights; regional mechanisms; Analysis of cases.
Typology of international courts. Analysis of relevant case law.
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
1. Theoretical-Practical sessions:
1.1. Description Units 1 to 3.
1.2. Pedagogical objectives: to understand the current legal topics of Public International Law, and specifically its potentialities and limits.
2. Tutorial supervision:
2.1. Description: capacity to gather and to read information, ideas, problems, and find solutions.
2.2. Objective: training the implementation of knowledge in order to solve problems in different contexts and global assessment of the learning capacities aiming at being autonomous.
3. Others:
3.1. Assessment of the written texts of students.
3.2. Description: to do a balance, both individual and collective, of tests results.
3.3. Objectives: assess the level of knowledge for the resolution of theoretical problems (first test) and practical ones (second test) on Public International Law.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Assessment is based on a one written test related to the various topics of the program (50%) and one practical test based on case law (50%).
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
The learning methodologies used in Units 1 to 2 (pedagogical expositive method by objective) are adapted to the objectives of developing the ability to understand and analyze critically the main legal aspects. In particular, the methodological support permits to materialize the objective consisting in the ability to operationalize the concepts in practice, with emphasis on simple case studies. These methodologies mutually potentiate the autonomy of the student, both in the deductive learning aspects and in the preparation to the inductive learning.
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